With Halloween approaching, I thought it would be nice to offer a song that was somewhat seasonal, though I have no idea if this song was specifically written for Halloween or not. In fact, I can find no information on this song, about who wrote it or anything. However, from the moment I first heard it, it really tickled my fancy. It is called “Celery Stalks at Midnight” and is about a “funny nightmare” of celery riding about on broomsticks, lurking in moonlight and the singer wonders if perhaps it could be something they ate, which seems very likely to me. Pizza dream!
This version is sung by Doris Day, with Les Brown and His Band of Renown. Before Doris Day became a movie star, she sang with several bands, but primarily with Les Brown and his big band group, touring the country and was on the radio. In 1945, she had a #1 hit song in “Sentimental Journey” and she sang many others that were in the top ten. She would make her movie debut in 1948 with Romance on the High Seas and would continue to have an extremely successful career as a singer, but it was really fun for me to locate her early songs with Les Brown and to hear her when she was still in her late teens and early twenties.
Her songs with Les Brown always follow the same format, the band plays for a minute or so, then she joins in and sings her song, and then either Doris Day or the band finishes it off.
I found this video on youtube and thought it was a wonderfully fun collection of photos of various actresses in their best scary Halloween costumes. I hope you enjoy!